Raise your hand if you've ever been on a diet. Most of you at one point of your life, whether it be for 2 days or 2 years, have tried out a hyped up diet plan. Am I right? Most likely, it didn't last. As a former dancer and actress, I have definitely had my experience in dieting. Did I lose weight? Yup. But only temporarily. Did it work? Nope. As soon as I "fell off the wagon" and went back to my normal eating habits, I went through mental turmoil caused from bloating, water weight, and putting pounds back on. These little "experiments," though they made my stomach flat, left me miserable and usually in tears when I felt like
The New Year is definitely in full swing! The gym has been much busier lately and buzzing with energized New Year resolutions. (Hence why blog content is coming at ya just once a week this month). I just hope it sticks for more people than it did last year! I think one reason why so many New Year resolutions dwindle by February is because people tend to take on too much too fast. Motivation is going to be at its highest when you take on a new goal. However, within just two to three days, the fatigue and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) will start to kick in and the idea of going back to sweat it out again becomes
SUGAR!!! The food group we all love to hate. We crave it, dream about it, all while trying to avoid it. I will admit it's my weakness. I have a major sweet tooth. During the holidays I let my sweet tooth have all the fun. However, over the past week as I've tried to get back into my normal healthy habits, my heightened desire to eat chocolate has lingered. Day after day I've told myself, "Today I am going to just say no. Just one day to break the habit." Sound familiar? I talk a lot about balance here at Life in Spandex. I urge you to give in to your cravings regularly in a responsible way. And I mean it!
Feeling a little bit... fluffy? I'll be the first to admit that I enjoyed the holidays thoroughly, indulging way more than I normally do. I don't stress about a little bloating, water weight, or extra "fluff" because I created timeless memories. Plus, I know how to help my body bounce back quickly! During the last couple weeks of December I let myself enjoy holiday desserts, champagne, refined carbohydrates full of gluten and cheese, and sometimes sleep in instead of working out. But I'm over it! I started to feel a change in my energy levels, my skin broke out, my productivity dwindled, and my pants felt a little tight. I knew it was time to get back to my normal clean diet, sleep patterns, and workouts.
I know we're all thinking it, where in the world did this past year go?! Looking back at 2015, I feel really good about the things I accomplished and I'm hopeful that 2016 will top it! I created Life in Spandex about a year and a half ago when I quit my full-time marketing job to become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. However, it wasn't until July 2015 that I decided to really go for this whole blogging thing. I started posting more regularly, worked on outreach and networking, gave the website a whole new look and feel, updated my imagery with professional photo and video shoots, got branded, started a YouTube channel, got on the Pinterest train,